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FAO earmarks sh3.3b for Karamoja relief

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th July 2007 03:00 AM

THE Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has earmarked $2,049,597 (about sh3.3b) to support 4,500 households in Karamoja sub-region and Kaberamaido district.

THE Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has earmarked $2,049,597 (about sh3.3b) to support 4,500 households in Karamoja sub-region and Kaberamaido district.

By Francis Emorut

THE Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has earmarked $2,049,597 (about sh3.3b) to support 4,500 households in Karamoja sub-region and Kaberamaido district.

Percy Misika, the FAO representative in Uganda, said the three-year project was co-funded by the Belgian Government and the United Nations children’s fund.

Signing the grant agreement in the Prime Minister’s Office in Kampala on Friday, Misika explained that the money would be spent on seeds, farm implements, livestock, food processing equipment and improved storage facilities.

Misika said the aid would enable the beneficiaries to start small-scale agriculture projects to increase food production.

The donation will help the beneficiaries to improve food storage capacity and reduce malnutrition during hunger periods, he added.

“FAO will continue to source funds to assist the Government of Uganda in supporting people affected by disasters,” Misika pledged.

Keith Muhakanizi, the deputy secretary to the treasury, commended FAO for its support.

“The Government of Uganda is very grateful for this timely assistance, which will go a long way in improving household security and the nutritional status of the 4,500 households,” he stated.

He said the funding was in line with the Government’s priority of poverty eradication.

Muhakanizi explained that the beneficiaries live in abject poverty because of pastoralism, which leads to shortage of food and children dying of malnutrition.

FAO earmarks sh3.3b for Karamoja relief

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